With another $2 billion investment from Apple, the Arizona facilities associated with the failed partnership with GT Advanced Technologies will be transformed into a new “global command” data center for the company employing 150 people full-time. The massive data center will end up serving as the control center for Apple’s four other US-based data operations. The money will be invested into the location over the next 10 years according to the Associated Press.

The Cupertino California company said the following in a statement regarding the matter:

This multi-billion dollar project is one of the largest investments we've ever made, and when completed it will add over 600 engineering and construction jobs to the more than one million jobs Apple has already created in the U.S. Like all Apple data centers, it will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy, much of which will come from a new local solar farm.
Construction on the new data center is set to begin by late 2016. In the meantime, the facility will continue to hold furnaces purchased by GTAT and Apple which are being liquidated as part of the sapphire maker’s bankruptcy proceedings. When it comes to building the new data center facility, Apple has pledged to build and finance 70 megawatts of new solar power generation which will be enough to power more than 14,500 homes.

Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey, said the following in a statement regarding the matter:

This is a great day for Arizona, and we have moved rapidly to make this happen and take advantage of Apple's interest in our state. Apple is by far one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world. Its decision to bring this new facility to Mesa is a huge win for Arizona and a high testament to our business-friendly climate and talented workforce.
For those of you who didn’t know, in an effort to power its iCloud services, Apple more recently built massive data centers on both the East and West Coast of the United States with major facilities in Maiden, North Carolina and Reno, Nevada. Additional facilities are also located in Prineville, Oregon and Newark, California. Apple’s facility in Oregon is powered by a hydroelectric plant and wind energy, the California facility utilizes wind energy and in its Nevada center, the company seems to rely and geothermal energy. The operation in North Carolina on the other hand seems to utilize the largest privately owned solar farm in the country.

The announcement is quite welcomed considering before, everyone was uncertain what Apple planned to do with the Mesa, Arizona plant or its local staff once current operations ceased. Especially considering that the location is home to a 1.3 million square foot structure. It’s exciting to hear that Apple has stuck to its promise to repurpose the space and continue to bring jobs to the area, despite the delays associated with the reconstruction.

Source: Associated Press